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Words by Nora Haas

Quotes from 'Matters of Care: Museum Futures in Times of Planetary Precarity'

'What lives in museums is not just objects, but the narratives we attach to these objects, and the narratives are only available in a certain language'

Naman Ahudja (art historian, curator, professor of Indian Art and Architecture at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi):*KEYNOTE*‘From India IN the World to India AND the World’

'The purpose of a museum is to continue to enact violence in our society', yet it presents itself as a site where we 'take care' of things -often artefacts of imperial, racist violence. It is, ultimately, about keeping people and things 'in their place'

Subhadra Das, (writer, historian, broadcaster, comedian and museum curator): *KEYNOTE* ‘Taking Care of Business: What is a Museum For?'

'We can all make a change, even if it's that 1 tiny percent then I think we all should do it" in Climate Change

Camilla Andersen (documentary photographer and filmmaker) : ‘Eyes on and from the changing Arctic’

'Museums can work towards environmetal justice and decolonising institutional knowledge by recognising the cultural heritage of current collections and making visible indigenous knowledge'

Iokiñe Rodríguez Fernandez (Senior Lecturer in International Development, University of East Anglia): 'Becoming (in) visible in environmental justice struggles: using participatory mapping, filming and writing to support the indigenous research agenda’

'Vital work of decolonization requires museums to 'stay with the trouble', to interrogate deep links between collections and coloniality, capitalism, climate change. Can care help (re)think our relationship to the planet?'

(para.) Wayne Modest (Director of Content, National Museum of WorldCultures and Head of the Research Center of Material Culture): *KEYNOTE* ‘Spaces of/for Care’

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